Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.

Treasure Chest
Treasure chest

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Treasure Chest is an instructional strategy that focuses on the skills of segmenting and blending sounds. According to the National Reading Panel (2000), instruction that explicitly focuses on one or two skills in phonological awareness is most effective. When students engage in segmenting and blending sounds, they are preparing for the decoding and encoding of words (Ehri, Nunes, Willows, & Schuster, 2001).

The objective of the Treasure Chest activity is to provide emergent or early readers with repeated practice in segmenting and blending phonemes. This activity is best suited for a literacy center or tutorial session. However, it can also be used as an independent work packet to be used at home with parents.

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